“Thank you very much for riding the Brightline,” the voice says over the train loudspeakers, “have a carefree, car free day.”
Welcome to Downtown West Palm Beach! I am sure that your trip was comfortable. I’ll be your guide this afternoon as we get you settled and ready for a long weekend in West Palm Beach.
I’ve got you a room at Hilton West Palm Beach. It’s an 11 minute walk from the train station which takes us through the brand new Rosemary Square, so let’s start walking.
As we turn onto Rosemary Ave, we marvel at the 24 story luxury “The Parkline” apartment building which is built directly adjacent to the Brightline station on the corner of Evernia Street and Rosemary Ave.
The Parkline is built for people who want to “Live on the Line” and leases come with complimentary one-year passes to the Brightline. Imaging living in West Palm Beach and having an 80 minute luxury train commute to downtown Miami. Imagine never to have to deal with traffic on I-95 again!
The amenities are second to none: Pool deck with grill area, fire tables and open air yoga area; fitness area, with separate yoga / spin room; for our furry friends there is the “Bark-line”, a covered dog park complete with washing stations.
I would take you up to look at the best views in town: the Atlantic Ocean to the East, and Clearlake to the West. But we’ve got to keep moving or we’ll never get you to your hotel.
Rosemary Ave goes through the heart of Rosemary Square, which was formerly known as CityPlace. the vibrant eat/work/play environment in the heart of Downtown West Palm Beach.
Along Rosemary Ave we pass national branded stores such as H&M, Francesca’s, Tommy Bahama, Anthropologie, Victoria’s Secret, Sephora, as well as various smaller boutiques.
The dining options include Brio Tuscan Grill, Brother Jimmy’s BBQ, City Cellar Wine Bar and Grill. There are many other restaurants and stores to choose from, including a regular mix of “pop-up” stores and restaurants.
Pro tip: Try out The Regional Kitchen and Public House if you get a chance. It is a farm-to-table kitchen, bar and art gallery. The exquisite menu is prepared by Chef Lindsay Autry, a finalist on the ninth season of “Top Chef” as well as a James Beard Foundation nominee for “Best Chef: South”. A rotating collection of local art adorns the walls,so stop in during one of the opening receptions and you’ll be able to meet the artists while sipping your favorite hand-crafted cocktail.
Rosemary Square’s namesake is the expansive square which is the center of activity. Modeled after a European city square, you can get your dinner at the iconic IL Bellagio Italian Restaurant, then sit out on the square and enjoy events that take place in the square such as live music, yoga, and art shows. In the winter, snow will fall from the Palm trees and a train runs for the little ones to ride through the square. In the Summer you’ll find children cooling off while playing in the fountain. It is truly a magical place.
Note: Rosemary Square is currently under some heavy construction, so things may not be exactly as described in this article. Once the dust settles it’ll be better than ever.
For entertainment we find AMC Movie Theatres and Palm Beach Improv which hosts world class comedians each weekend.
As we’re leaving Rosemary Square I point out the Kravis Center, one of the premier performing arts centers in the Southeast. This cultural gem hosts world-class plays, musicals, and concerts in its 2,195-seat Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall.
Cross over Okeechobee Blvd, you can’t miss noticing Restoration Hardware. This commanding four-level mansion sits in the median of one of West Palm Beach’s most highly trafficked streets. It provides an 80,000 sqft gallery showcasing Restoration Hardware interiors. Make sure you walk around the back as the entire backside of the building is covered in a hieroglyphic mural by L.A. artist RETNA.
Restoration Hardware’s rooftop bar provides a stunning Westerly view of West Palm Beach. With a glass of wine, or a cup of coffee in you hand, you can enjoy one of the best places to watch a sunset in West Palm Beach.
Okay, here we are at the hotel. I’ll have a drink at the Galley while you guys check in. Whenever you’re ready we’ll make our way over to Clematis by Night.
West Palm Beach Hilton is one of the gems of West Palm Beach. Built to support the Palm Beach County Convention Center next door, In the three years since its opening it has grown into a gathering place for locals as well. The Galley is the hotel bar with craft cocktails and a full menu.
On Saturday morning the resort-style pool is the place to be. The party starts at 9am with Poolside Pilates, and Vinyasa Yoga starts at 10. From 11am to 2pm you can get bottomless sangria, mimosas and Bloody Marys for $25. Brunch is served at 11:30. There are no reservations needed, and no cover charge. Just come down from your hotel room, or stroll in from your home in Downtown West Palm Beach, and enjoy. It’s the best “staycation” in town.
Are you ready to head out to Clematis Street? I’ve called “The Circuit”, our free electric shuttle, which will drive us along the waterfront Flagler Drive, and drop us off at Clematis by Night. The ride is only 10 minutes, and it’s the easiest way to zip around downtown. The ride is free, but let’s not forget to tip the driver.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Clematis by Night is the “Weekly Happy Hour on the West Palm Beach Waterfront” and it’s the place to be every Thursday night. There are many bands that play Clematis by Night. We’ve got reggae, classic rock, soul, country, indie music, and many more. Whatever the music is tonight, you know that people are going to be be dancing
There is so much more to do in downtown West Palm Beach. We can explore Clematis Street, our main street, which is bustling with a hip mix of restaurants, bars, night clubs & street art. We can hit up our winter waterfront Green Market, where among the thousands of local regulars you are likely to find Dr. Oz and Martha Stewart wandering around looking for fresh produce. We can walk the “Ale Trail of the Palm Beaches”, the Downtown West Palm Beach component is a 3.5-mile walk that takes you through Antique Row and the Warehouse District to visit four different breweries.
A cool breeze is coming off the water, it’s the perfect evening. The breeze brings the smell of BBQ being cooked up by one of the many vendors catering the event. The City has a small bar set up, so let’s enjoy a beer or glass of wine as we sway to the music and make new friends.
SunFest 2019 is officially 10 days away. There are some big bands coming to town, but my favorite things to do is keep my eyes on the smaller acts. This is how you can watch the big bands of tomorrow… today!
1. Lochness Monster
Thursday 5:15pm – 6:00pm on the Tire Kingdom Stage Lochness Monster is a Miami-based band that creates a melodic and unique blend of rock music. With an eclectic style and diverse musical tastes, Bruce Donaldson (Singer), Justin Shaner (Guitar), Brad Eavenson (Bass), and Rene Rivera (Drums) incorporate elements of rock, shoegaze, punk, and alternative metal. Each member drives a certain pairing of uniqueness to round out their sound beginning with Shaner’sdynamic and distinctive guitar melodies, Donaldson’s classically trained vocal range exceeding 4 octaves, Rivera’s drumming precision and powerful stance behind the kit, and Eavenson’s rock and blue’s styling on the bass.
Watch Lochness Monster “Calling Out” is the first single, released January 11th, 2019, off the upcoming Lochness Monster – EP.
2. Citizen Badger
Sunday, 4:30pm – 5:15pm on the JetBlue Stage Citizen Badger was the winner of the SunFest Battle of the Bands. In a facebook post they called themselves “Millennial dad rock”.
“Although our music has adult themes like paying bills, social anxiety, and people who go to brunch for Instagram, it’s actually still family friendly feel free to pull up ‘Citizen Badger’ on Spotify, Apple Music, or ‘YouTube’ and blast us at your next PTA meeting.”
Watch them play I’m not mad, just disappointed at Brewhouse Gallery
3. Magic City Hippies
Friday 7:15 – 8:30 at the JetBlue Stage Miami-band plays “breezy blends of hip-hop, funk, pop, and beach-bum soul that has drawn comparisons to the likes of G Love & Special Sauce, Maroon 5.”
Magic City Hippies began as a one-man band playing for the co-ed party scene on the streets of Miami — serenading the 20-somethings with a mix of old- school hip-hop covers and breezy pop originals.
After SunFest in May Magic City Hippies will be playing Bonaroo in June.
Magic City Hippies are currently in the studio working on their next full-length album, with a slew of national dates planned for Fall and Winter.
Watch “Bull Ride”
Sunday 5pm – 5:30 on the Ford Stage I’ve got a hippie heartbeat, with an edgy rocker spirit. 🤘 I was born in the USA,🇺🇸 but the world is my home. A few of my favourite past-times are hugging fans, cuddling animals and traveling, whilst tasting the towns tasty local kombucha.
Some say I’m a bit of a throw-back, since I’m pretty sure in some other lifetime I was raised in the 60’s and 70’s, soaking up the tie-dye love. It reminds me of good ol’ days, where folks like Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Queen, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and MANY more of those greats reigned supreme.
Ah Well! Missed that boat. I’m trying to keep the honest essence of the era going in my own way.
We will have valet service (Sponsored by MPire Valet) and Mokes (Sponsored by Palm Beach Garage) to get people to and from their cars.
Upon entering our beautifully decorated pavilion you will be greeted with a signature cocktail (sponsored by Galley at the West Palm Hilton), and yes, we absolutely sprung for a Mariachi Band.
To satisfy your hunger we have a selection of the absolute best food West Palm Beach has to offer.
Tapeo: Spanish tapas Restaurant – small plates, steaks, seafood and paella’s. Find Tapeo at: 118 S. Clematis Street – (561) 514-0811 or on Facebook
Aioli: A casual, comfort food cafe featuring sandwiches, soups, salads and sides. Naturally Leavened Scratch Bakery, Daily Bread and Pastry Production. Find Tapeo at 7434 S Dixie Hwy (561) 366-7741 or on Facebook
Don Ramon: Our restaurant is casual and comfy, yet beautiful and classy. We have a comfortable sit down area and an awesome bar area with a flat screen TV, a couch area to chill with your friends, we can accommodate anything from large parties to a romantic dinner for two… whatever feasts your fancy! Come relax and enjoy yourself in our beautiful and friendly lounge area. Find Don Ramon at 7101 S Dixie Hwy (561) 547-8704 or on Facebook
Los Altos Jalisco: Welcome to Los Altos Jalisco, your go-to authentic Mexican restaurant in West Palm Beach, FL. When you are craving amazing Mexican cuisine including fajitas, tacos, and a full juice bar, look no further than our friendly family restaurant. As a family owned and operated restaurant, we take pride in serving the West Palm Beach area with quality Mexican food. Find Los Altos Jalisco 6611 S Dixie Hwy. (561) 855-8116 or online
Jimmychangas: Serving Authentic Mexican food fast and fun. Come try our homemade tacos, burritos, quesadillas, chimichangas and tostadas. Find Jimmychangas at 106 N. Olive Ave (561) 345-3737 or on Facebook.
Dr. Limon Cevicheria: When it comes to authentic Peruvian food, most people think of Ceviche. We thought of just that and did not stop there. We wanted to make it a fun! Find Dr Limon at 533 Clematis (561) 781-5577 or on Facebook
Banko Cantina: Banko Cantina, a Mexican restaurant and tequila bar, located at 114 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach, FL. Originally home to the American National Bank, this 1921 landmark building was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1997. Find Banko Cantina at 114 S Olive Ave (561) 355-1399 or online.
Table 26: With exceptionally delicious comfort food entrées and desserts created by Executive Chef Martha Encarnación, we bring you back to the basics of Global Cuisine. This unique neighborhood eatery has a full-service bar, amazing Happy Hour offerings, and complimentary valet. Find Table 26 at 1700 S Dixie Hwy (561) 855-2660 or on Facebook
There will be cigar rolling station and a DJ to dance you into the evening.
Ticket sales will benefit South End Neighborhood Association and Family Promise of North & Central Palm Beach.
The South End Neighborhood Association was formed in 2004. Our neighborhood in West Palm Beach, Florida is bounded by Southern Boulevard to the north, the Lake Worth spillway to the south, the intracoastal waterway to the east, and the FEC railway tracks to the west. There are more than 2,500 homes in the South End. Currently we have over 300 households as members and SENA is growing fast!
Family Promise is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to helping homeless families in our community regain their independence. Currently in Palm Beach County, there are nearly 2000 homeless children registered in Palm Beach County Schools. We invite you to learn more about us and perhaps endeavor to help us in our mission. All donations to Family Promise are tax deductible.
Location: West Palm Brewery & Wine Vault; 332 Evernia St.
West Palm Brewery is having our SECOND Polish Craft Beer & Polka Block Party!!
On Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 from 12-6pm, we are shutting down the block of Evernia Street for a Polish extravaganza!
–MUSIC– -The Polka King himself, Jan Lewandowksi will be at the block party again, performing on a stage, with his incredible Polka tunes!!
-The Alex Meixner Band, a nationally acclaimed musician and accordion player, will also be performing with Jan Lewan.
–FOOD TENTS– We’ll have authentic Polish Food Tents at our event: with Pierogies, Kielbasa and Kapusta!
–BEER TENTS — Authentic Polish & Belgian Beer: -D&V International, a premier importer of specialty beers from Belgium and Poland, will be at our event with a tent, giveaways, and of course, tons of beer!
This time we will not have tickets but will use regular cards/cash. We’ll also have multiple tents serving food & beer to help make our event as easy and smooth as possible.
We’ll have tons of shade, water and seating available as well. This inside of the brewery will also be open during the event.
Time to talk about POLITICS! I wrote this for my newsletter, it is a bit of a rant and I understand that it doesn’t paint the full picture, but nobody is talking about this so I feel it’s important to put it out there. I hope in the future to write more about this, if you have any questions or comments, you know how to find me.
Have you ever looked at the condition of the road outside your house and thought to yourself “Maybe I should run for a seat in City government”. Guess what? This is your chance.
In March of 2019 the City of West Palm Beach votes for a new Mayor and three commission seats. The deadline to file with the City Clerk is Tuesday, January 8th.
Here is how it works: In West Palm Beach we have five commission districts and City Commissioners have two year terms. On the odd years Commissioners from districts 2 and 4 are elected, and on the even years Commissioners from districts 1, 3 and 5 are elected. 2019 is an odd year, so District 2 and District 4 are up for re-election. Because Commissioner Paula Ryan is running for Mayor the downtown district (District 3) is up for re-election.
They say “all politics are local” and the job of the City Commission is hugely important: setting the policy that will determine the future of the City of West Palm Beach. It’s a part-time job and pays $35,000/year.
Commissioners are voted on by everyone in the city (not just those in their district) and they vote on decisions that affect everyone in the city. So even if your district is not up for re-election, whoever becomes commissioner for the other districts will be making decisions that directly affect you and your district.
Here is a sad fact about our local politics. More often than not City Commission elections are not contested. This means that only one person is running and they automatically are elected and won’t even appear on the ballot on Election Day.
Question: When was the last time we had an contested election in District 3 (Downtown)? Answer: 2008
Let that settle in… you go on facebook, and see people truly concerned about the issues downtown and the plight of our northwest historic neighborhood. For the last 10 years nobody has stepped up and said “I am going to challenge how things are being done” and thrown their hat into the ring.
Thankfully, this year it looks like we will have a race for our Downtown (District 3) commission seat. But as it stands now, districts 2 and 4 will go uncontested.
People are always encouraging you to “Get Out & VOTE!”, but if you live in a district which won’t have an election because only one person is running, then if you want to see change come to your neighborhood don’t sit on the sidelines of democracy! Get Out and Run for City Commission!
To be clear, I’m not throwing shade at our commissioners. They have my full respect. It is often a thankless job, they stepped up to do the job. What I’m saying is that in the City of West Palm Beach we should have more people (YOU) who want to join our city commission, bring new ideas and vision to the table, and have an active role in how our great City is governed.
We should never have an uncontested election in West Palm Beach.
Don’t get me wrong, as soon as you show interest people will give you many reasons why you shouldn’t run. It takes too much time, it’s too expensive, nobody votes in municipal elections, politics are too dirty, you have no experience.
First off, nobody has more experience than you when they get started. Secondly, the only reason why West Palm Beach politics are dirty/expensive and nobody votes, is because we have so few people who are willing to run! An active democracy, bringing new people and new ideas into City Hall will solve so many of the issues that we’re seeing today.
So… If you care deeply about your community, if you have a vision for what you want for the City of West Palm Beach, if you have friends and neighbors who will support you, if you are willing to spend your evenings and weekends knocking on doors and spreading your ideas, then you should run for City Commission.
If you live in districts 2, 3 & 4 you have until noon January 8th to qualify for the March election. If you’re in districts 1 & 5 you have a whole year to think about it 🙂
If you’re even considering it, stop by City Hall and talk to the City Clerk and they will walk you through everything you need to do to get started.
Here it is! The ultimate list of New Years Eve events in Downtown West Palm Beach. Please call any venue you want to go to and make reservations.
There will be no Fireworks on the waterfront this year – Sandi, our 600 ton sand tree will be lit up with it’s unique holiday light show until midnight.
If I missed your party, or you need me to update something please email me (email@example.com) and/or text me at 561 809 8507
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New Years Eve 2019 on the 500 Block
5 VENUES • ONE PRICE Hullabaloo, Kapow, Respectable Street, Lost Weekend & Voltaire! WE ALWAYS MAKE NEW YEARS EVE EASY!
No Velvet Ropes.
No Fancy Pants stuff.
Just us ringing in the New Year together!
We have a couple of options on New Year’s Eve to accommodate everyone’s plans!
$45 WELL Open Bar – Good at Hullabaloo, Kapow, Lost Weekend, Voltaire & Respectable’s.
$65 PREMIUM Open Bar – Good at Hullabaloo, Kapow, Lost Weekend, Voltaire & Respectable’s.
Just show up and pay a la carte! a/k/a “Pay as you go”; Buying a package is NOT required at all!
NO COVER charge at Hullabaloo, Kapow or Lost Weekend.
There is a separate COVER CHARGE at Voltaire & Respectable’s for their entertainment (live music & DJ’s) and can be purchased on their respective event pages.
See… No strings. Simple. Easy enough for even me to figure out and I’m just an Facebook page!
FINE PRINT: Open Bar is from 10pm – 2am Pre-sale ticket sales END at 4pm on 12/31 Gratuity is NOT included Purchasing a package is NOT required. You can also pay a cover at RSC and Voltaire and pay for drinks as you go!
Countdown to 2019 at Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar. Pop a bottle of Veuve Clicquot specially priced at $70 per bottle as the ball drops or toast to the New Year with one of Rocco’s Tacos signature margaritas. Open until 2 A.M., Rocco’s Tacos is the perfect spot to celebrate and dine on the last night of 2018. Featuring the restaurant’s signature authentic Mexican menu, guests may dine a la carte including Gaucho Platter and Seasfood Mocajete, a variety of tacos (perfect for everyone from meat-eaters to vegans) and guacamole prepared tableside. Soak in Rocco’s fun-loving atmosphere, and say salud to 2019.
+Complimentary Party Favors +Complimentary Tequila Toast at Midnight +Veuve – $70
We’re kicking off 2019 in style. Join us in your snazziest attire for a $45 10PM-1AM open bar. We’ll have our DJ spinning tunes, an a la carte dinner menu and food specials, an optional rare whiskey flight (including Pappy Van Winkle), plus a complimentary champagne toast!
We’ve worked hard and can’t wait to celebrate with you. Here’s to 2019 and many more years of good eating and drinking.
Banko Cantina New Years Eve Celebration – Complimentary Champagne Toast at Midnight
$20 General Admission Before 11 PM
$60 VIP Premium Open Bar From 8 PM – 10 PM
One (Liter) Tito’s Vodka & Two Bottles of Champagne – $650 One (Liter) Tito’s Vodka Liter & One Veuve Clicquot Champagne – $700 One Magnum Belvedere Vodka & One Magnum Veuve Clicquot Champagne – $960 Two Bottles of Tito’s Vodka (Liter) & One Dom Perignon Champagne – $1,150
6 Guests Maximum with Table Reservation Minimum. Additional Guests will have to purchase Tickets.
Dinner Package Available for 4 People – Preset Dinner Family Style Meal – Includes One Bottle Of Champagne for $260 –
Tax & Gratuity Included
114 SOUTH OLIVE AVE WEST PALM BEACH 33401 | FOR MORE INFO OR TABLE RESERVATION CALL 561-255-9380 OR 561-355-1399
Celebrate New Years Eve in style with all of your closest friends at The Pawn Shop West Palm Beach, general admission is only $25 which includes no line VIP entrance and a champagne toast at midnight, party favors included for every guest. In addition, we have a $50 premium open bar option from 9pm-12am which allows you to enjoy top shelf liquor and no line VIP entrance access. For table reservations call 561-833-6500 to secure a prime location for you to celebrate the New Year, tables are selling out quickly so please contact us so that we can make your reservation today.
Join us this New Year’s Eve for a celebration at The Butcher Shop!
$65 per person includes:
• Open Bar beginning at 8:30PM
• Bites of our famous dishes including, but not limited to: Hand-Made Sausages, Pierogies and Pretzels
• Chandon Champagne toast at Midnight
• DJ Friendly
We will be live streaming the ball drop from NYC’s Times Square and celebrating the entire night.